Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Twas a month before Christmas

I just got this in my email, I thought I'd share:

'Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings', the teachers would say.
December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod S
omething was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets are hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'DreamTree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !

Sunday, November 25, 2007

And I thought guilt was a Catholic thing

Meet the women who won't have babies - because they're not eco friendly

Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.

But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.

Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.

Incredibly, so determined was she that the terrible "mistake" of pregnancy should never happen again, that she begged the doctor who performed the abortion to sterilise her at the same time.

He refused, but Toni - who works for an environmental charity - "relentlessly hunted down a doctor who would perform the irreversible surgery.

Finally, eight years ago, Toni got her way.

At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to "protect the planet".

"Having children is selfish. It's all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," says Toni, 35.

"Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population."

"I've never felt a twinge of guilt about what I did, and have honestly never wondered what might have been.

First, it was if you were white, you should feel guilty about oppressing blacks.

Then it was if you were male, you should feel guilty about oppressing women.

Then it was if you were christian, you should feel guilty about oppressing other religions.

Then it was if you living in a western culture, you should feel guilty about oppressing eastern cultures.

Now it's all reached it's final conclusion; if you're human, you should feel guilty about oppressing the entire planet. And if you bear a child, gaia help you!

And here I thought the popular joke was guilt was a Catholic thing.

Now there's proof the nutty-left enviro-kooks and contraception and abortion go hand-in-hand.

Notice the double-talk: "Having children is selfish. It's all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet," Oh, ok, so having an abortion, choosing for the child whether or not it would like an existence, somehow isn't selfish?

These aren't activists, nor are they eco-conscious. They're nihilists, pure and simple. My best friend in highschool was one of them I know how they are. Humanity is a plague upon the earth that needs to be purged. Humanity is evil, the less human beings the better. There is no reason for goodness because humanity is intrinsically evil and will just corrupt the goodness eventually. Life is simply waiting to die, and the sooner the better.

I would call these people self-afflicted martyrs but they don't hold up their 'sacrifice' to move people's pity. They're proud of it. Self-hate has been consumed in such queantities that it has now perverted even human instinct.

An interesting comparison is that 95% of all abortions are done out of convenience. The focus of these people are themselves. In this instance, the abortion was for the planet. In the first case, you have ultimate pride, their god is themselves. In the second, you have the Greenhouse Gestapo as their god.

Both the selfish and the 'selfless' are enchanted with satan's spell.

How about all of these people just off themselves? Seriously. The only way to remove a person's carbon footprint, let alone putting it in the negative is to stop breathing. The more you breathe, the more carbon you create. Gaia would be happier with less carbon and everyone else on earth would be happier without the Greenhouse Gestapo's finger-wagging.

If humanity is such a burden on the planet, and procreating is only a selfish expression of one's impulse to continue their genetic line, then why don't the eco-elite enviro-illuminati lead by example and stop breathing?

What the earth needs is a purging of all the enviro-fundamentalists.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Life-Teen Founder Turns Protestant Minister

This hits pretty close to home and I'm not terribly surprised.

The former pastor at a Mesa Catholic church who faces seven misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct has started a new worship center and conducted his first services.

More than 500 worshippers gathered to hear Dale Fushek conduct a service at a Mesa hotel Thursday.Known as "Monsignor Dale" during his 20 years at St. Timothy's, Fushek co-founded the national Life Teen program and served as vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

But all that came tumbling down in late 2005, when he was arrested on one count of assault, five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of indecent exposure. He is accused of engaging in sexually related discussions with teenagers during confessions and exposing himself to teens as he got into his hot tub.

Fushek was suspended by the diocese (God bless Bishop Olmsted) and is now resigning from the priesthood. He is tying to win the right to a jury trial on the charges and a hearing is pending on that issue before the Arizona Supreme Court.

On Thanksgiving Day, he said he was happy to be back before a group of worshippers.

Well I guess we know what he really wants. Aside from flashing minors that is. The want for an audience takes precedence over the True Presence of Jesus Christ. Seems to be a growing trend over the past, oh, 40 or so years.

Is it really any big surprise that the founder of a quasi-Catholic protestant-esque youth ministry would turn protestant when the going got tough? The founder of a Catholic youth ministry to teach Catholicism to teens leaves the Church to start a protestant denomination. Anyone else see the irony?

I think it's obvious he really didn't care about teaching the truth (seeing as he doesn't believe it himself) as much as he just wanted to get near kids. Which is really quite fitting seeing as Life Teen doesn't teach anything.

I live in teh Phoenix diocese and Life Teen was over a decade old when I went through it. And I can honestly say to you that it is worthless. 'Hip' songs and charismatic hand-waving does not teach Catholic doctrine. I was confirmed after the program's close and I had no idea what a dogma even was, let alone what any of them were. I came away from Life Teen in the same state as when I entered it, only more embarassed.

If you want to reach kids, don't make them sing cheesy songs, perform stupid skits, or ask stupid questions like "How does this express Jesus' love for us?"

If there's one thing teens fear more than the devil that is embarassment in front of their peers. All of those things accomplish that. Lame attempts at 'reaching' teens only turns into patronization.

Of course, I think Flashing Fushek had a different idea about 'reaching' teens...

Last words:

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, Dale.

Enjoy the barbeque.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Back in Black

I'm back!

I apologize to my gratious readers for my absence. Did ya miss me? Yeah, I know, not much to miss, haha. To be honest I think I just needed a break. Not just from blogging, but the whole traditional cause. Not that it's not a noble one, only very taxing sometimes. You work to spread the truth yet you see so many obstacles and others working against you. And you feel like what can your little blog do? You're only one voice out of thousands. But if everyone took that point of view there would be no one left. So I congratulate those who had the strength to continue when I did not.


Now that my batteries are recharged, there are pressing issues to discuss, my fellow faith warriors:

Lately, I've been debating on a Catholic forum about the moral licitness of a bishop in the UK approving legal regulation on prostitution and a priest in Venice allowing muslims use of his church for friday prayers.

First a short snippet:

LONDON (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic bishop in the city of Portsmouth is backing a campaign to legalise brothels without in any way condoning them.

The Right Reverend Crispian Hollis supported the local branch of the Women's Institute which wants to licence brothels.

"If you are going to take a pragmatic view and say prostitution happens, I think there is a need to make sure it's as well regulated as possible for the health of people involved and for the safety of the ladies themselves," Hollis said.

"That's not to say I approve of prostitution in any way. I would be very much happier if there was no prostitution in Portsmouth," he told The Portsmouth News.

"But it's going to be there whatever we do and it has been from time immemorial. So I think that is something we have to be realistic about."

Does his reasoning sound familiar? People who back 'safe' abortion, giving out condoms in schools, school nurses giving the pill to 13 year old girls, euthanasia, a 'safe' environment for their kids to abuse alcohol and drugs, etc. all use the "they're gonna do it anyway, let's make it 'safe' " argument. Which everyone can see is absurd.

One person even went so far as to apply the double-effect doctrine to justify it. The key thing about doube-effect is that the undesired side-effect is just that: undesired. It's not the aim of the action.

This, on the other hand, does nothing but facilitate the sin, it's not double-effect at all. There is no way to legalize and regulate a sinful behavior and at the same time stop that behavior.

Now about the muslims using the church:

Believe it or not! A parish Church turns into a mosque every Friday, for the Muslims brothers and to offer their customary prayers. This isn't a sequence from any Bollywood film, but a reality in the parish of Our Lady of Assumption of Ponzano near Venice, the romantic city of Italy. The pastor of the parish, Don Aldo Danieli, 69, affirms, "It's useless to speak of religious dialogue and then bang the door on their face. Pope John Paul II addressed them as, 'dear Muslim brothers'. How can we close our church doors to them?"

At Ponzano, in the province of Treviso, live some 11,500 people of whom 232 families are immigrants, making their number roughly 650. These are mainly immigrants from North African countries and Eastern Europe. Two years ago, Don Aldo decided to open the doors of the church to these Muslim immigrants and keep a portion of his own parochial house including a kitchen and a little at their disposal. On Fridays an average of 200 Muslim believers gather in the church and offer prayers. But in the month of Ramadan, the number swells to 1000-1200. "They requested me and I said yes, moreover, the kitchen and hall were a home for spiders".

The decision of Don Aldo has disturbed the peace of mind of more than a few parishioners. The protests of even the local bishop and priests have reached his ears. "I haven't asked the express permission of the bishop, because it's an act of charity. No permission is needed to do charity. For the rest, I am older than the bishop and been his professor in the seminary too.

Oh, ok. Since he was his professor I guess that gives him a higher authority than the bishop. I wonder why, if this professor-priest knows so much better than the bishop does, why is he only a priest? Shouldn't a man of his intellectual excellence be rewarded with a crook of his own? I guess the Vatican doesn't recognize the intellectual powerhouse they're wasting.

Mean old Vatican.

Or perhaps they want to keep him in a place where he can't do much damage, as this example shows. That, or they see in him only hot air and ego. Perhaps both.

The debate on this issue surrounded the topic of is his actions an example of christian charity?

Back on October I covered Pius IX's moral declarations on modern democratic freedoms. I think every true Catholic that's worth his or her catechetical salt can agree that mankind does not have the moral right to false worship, and that any worship contrary to the Catholic faith is false. Granted, ignorance can mitigate or even remove a person's culpability of sin, but the priest isn't ignorant of what is true and what is false worship.

Christian charity obligates us to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, etc. Providing shelter means giving the homeless a place to sleep, rest, and eat that keeps the cold and the rain out. But that's where it ends.

Is facilitating false worship an act of christian charity? According to the nine ways of being accessory to another's sin, wouldn't we be complicit in the sin of false worship by allowing it to occur in our own churches without a peep of protest? The muslims may not know better, but we as well as the priest do know better. There's no claim to ignorance here.

Should we provide a place for them to practice their sin of false worship just because they desire it?

Should we provide needles for a junkie for their sin of drug abuse becuase they desire it?

Should we provide contraception for a person because they desire it?

Remember, none of the parties involved think their acts of sin are wrong. Knowing better, should we facilitate their sins?

The debate then turned into how this makes steps forward in 'ecumenism' aka indifferentism and how it is a good thing. I say bull-oney. Christ wouldn't even let jewish moneychangers hang out outside the temple let alone inside of it, He chased them off with a whip. There's no reason why a Catholic should allow false worship in the House of God with the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the tabernacle as a witness.

This act forsakes the respect of God for the respect of men.